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TAMU specialist ‘egg-splores’ chicken egg differences

By Paul Schattenberg Texas A&M University

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Many people may be curious why chicken eggs can be different colors? Most eggs are white or brown, but they also come in other colors such as cream, pink, blue and green. In addition — and this is no “yolk” — some eggs are speckled.

Nature has provided chickens with diverse color patterns for their feathers, skin patches and eggshells for various purposes, including camouflage to protect from predators and to denote individual identity.

The color of an egg is primarily determined by the chicken’s genetics, said Dr. Gregory Archer, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service poultry. . .

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